Hot Stuff (Donna Summer song)

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"Hot Stuff"
Single by Donna Summer
from the album Bad Girls
B-side "Journey to the Centre of Your Heart"
"Heaven Knows" (Brazil)
"Bad Girls" (Japan)
Released April 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco,[1] rock,[2][3] funk
Length 5:14
3:51 (7" version)
Label Casablanca
Writer(s) Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
Certification Platinum (US)
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Heaven Knows"
"Hot Stuff"
"Bad Girls"

"Hot Stuff" is a Platinum-certified, No. 1 hit single released by American singer Donna Summer in 1979 as the first single release from her Bad Girls album through Casablanca Records. Up to that point, Summer had mainly been associated with disco songs but this song also showed significant rock influences including a guitar solo by ex-Doobie Brother and Steely Dan guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. It is one of her most popular songs, based on the performance on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

"Hot Stuff" won Summer the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in the inaugural year the award was given out.[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1979 the Hungarian singer Kati Kovács sang it on Disco Party (Hungaroton Pepita SLPX 17623, Hungary) album. The track was covered in 1995 by DJ Miko, giving the tune a contemporary dance music twist, and later partially covered by The Pussycat Dolls in their 2005 debut album PCD. The verses (which were slightly altered) and the overall sound of the song are from Siobhan Fahey's "Bitter Pill", but with the chorus of Summer's "Hot Stuff" and it was renamed it "Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)".
  • In 1996, Filipino singer Regine Velasquez covered the song for her album Retro as a house remix.
  • For the build up of the 1998 FA Cup final, Arsenal covered the song, using samples from the original, and replacing some lyrics, with descriptions of the squad, who were to play in the final. Also in 1998 Mietta recorded an Italian language "Hot Stuff (Musica che scoppia)" for her album La mia anima.
  • Pop star EliZe released a cover in September 2008 which was a hit on the Dutch charts.
  • The track was also performed by artist Just Kait for MTV's made for TV movie Turn the Beat Around.
  • In 2013 singer China Moses released a Jazz cover on her album "Crazy Blues".
  • A Cantonese language cover of "Hot Stuff" was performed by the Hong Kong pop singer, Alan Tam. (Cantonese song name : 爱的热力).
  • A Chinese language cover of "Hot Stuff" was performed by the Taiwan pop singer, Yuki Hsu. (Chinese song name : Bad Girl).

Appearances in other media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

"Hot Stuff" was certified Platinum by the RIAA and remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three non-consecutive weeks. The song also topped the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, with Summer's follow-up "Bad Girls" as a double A-side. The popular 12" single edition of the song plays the full 6:47 version of the song and then segues into "Bad Girls" 4:55 version.


Preceded by
"Reunited" by Peaches & Herb
"Love You Inside Out" by Bee Gees
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 2, 1979 (first run)
June 16 – 23, 1979 (second run)
Succeeded by
"Love You Inside Out" by Bee Gees
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward
Preceded by
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (with "Bad Girls")
May 26, 1979 – July 7, 1979
Succeeded by
"Born to Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez


  1. ^ Tim Sendra. "Top Hits of the Seventies: Mega Hits review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 8, 2013.  "to the throbbing disco of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff," this collection is a fine way to remember the '70s."
  2. ^ Steve Huey. "Donna Summer discography on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 8, 2013.  "Her 1979 double-LP Bad Girls featured more of her songwriting contributions than ever, and went straight to number one, as did the lusty singles "Bad Girls" and the rock-oriented "Hot Stuff,""
  3. ^ Jillian Mapes (May 17, 2012). "R.I.P. Donna Summer: Eight Essential Songs From The Queen Of Disco". Retrieved July 8, 2013.  "Even before the spacey synth on "Hot Stuff" picks up, it's not hard to identify the song, thanks to its rock guitar riff and toe-tapping beat."
  4. ^ Donna Summer's Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits
  5. ^ "The Full Monarchy". BBC News Online. November 13, 1998. Retrieved April 14, 2008. 
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  12. ^ "Hot stuff in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved May 30, 2013.  4th result when searching "Hot stuff"
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  14. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (1979). Billboard 11 august 1979. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
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